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Hi I m deciding between Polk tower speakers for music listening 80%. Best bet Polk tsi500 400 or 300 I don't want to buy a sub so I m looking for a good 2 channel output. Thanks.
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Hi I m deciding between Polk tower speakers for music listening 80%. Best bet Polk tsi500 400 or 300 I don't want to buy a sub so I m looking for a good 2 channel output. Thanks.
I currently have both the rti A7's and lism 705's, both of which I use mostly for music. I'm surprised at how well the A7's perform against the higher end line. They are certainly brighter (which I like) but also have very good bass response...not as rounded at the 705's but seem to go about as deep. Haven't heard the tsi line, but everything I've read says to step up to rti if you can. I got mine for $750/pair, so watch for the sales.
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Hi I m deciding between Polk tower speakers for music listening 80%. Best bet Polk tsi500 400 or 300 I don't want to buy a sub so I m looking for a good 2 channel output. Thanks.
In addition to highly recommending you step up to the RTi A series like everyone else, I'll offer an alternative solution. Since price is likely a factor, what about buying the RTi A1 bookshelves and a NX-BAS-500 sub?

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fellow polkies I just bought the last RTI6 bookshelfs refurbished from the polk ebay store to replace my monitor 40's as my fronts. I am currently using the CSI3 center but would I see a significant difference by moving up to the CSI5? thanks
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fellow polkies I just bought the last RTI6 bookshelfs refurbished from the polk ebay store to replace my monitor 40's as my fronts. I am currently using the CSI3 center but would I see a significant difference by moving up to the CSI5? thanks
The Csi5 is huge compared to the Csi3 and has two rear ports. We use a Csi3 with RtiA3's (formerly Rti6's) in the family room due to size constraints, and the closed back cabinet of the Csi3 allows it to be tucked under the TV riser.

On one hand the 6" drivers in the Csi5 will match the Rti6's, but to be honest, when it comes to TV (what we use the Csi3/Rti6's for) the difference is unimportant. If you watch a lot of movies you will get more oomph from the Csi5 vs the Csi3 and it will tend to deliver male voices better. In short, the Csi3 has its advantages, but the Csi5 will do a better job of filling a larger room with sound.

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The Csi5 is huge compared to the Csi3 and has two rear ports. We use a Csi3 with RtiA3's (formerly Rti6's) in the family room due to size constraints, and the closed back cabinet of the Csi3 allows it to be tucked under the TV riser.

On one hand the 6" drivers in the Csi5 will match the Rti6's, but to be honest, when it comes to TV (what we use the Csi3/Rti6's for) the difference is unimportant. If you watch a lot of movies you will get more oomph from the Csi5 vs the Csi3 and it will tend to deliver male voices better. In short, the Csi3 has its advantages, but the Csi5 will do a better job of filling a larger room with sound.
thanks for the info. I bought the CSI3 on ebay almost new about 8 months ago so I thought I might boost the the speaker level in my receiver to compensate for the bigger drivers in the RTI6 which I really like the sound coming from the RTI6's. its much more robust and detailed than the monitor 40's!
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thanks for the info. I bought the CSI3 on ebay almost new about 8 months ago so I thought I might boost the the speaker level in my receiver to compensate for the bigger drivers in the RTI6 which I really like the sound coming from the RTI6's. its much more robust and detailed than the monitor 40's!
Practically everyone here who is now running Rti's had Monitors at one point, then upgraded and were wowed by the difference in clarity. The M40's are nice little speakers (I used a pair in the bedroom for a couple years)... tried some Rti's in there too, but jumped on a pair of Lsi's from eBay, which we have in there now.

I owned just about every recent model of Polk Monitor before asking here in this thread if the maybe Tsi's would be any better, and I remember it was Ron Temple - one of the early members of this forum, who said don't bother, just go up to the Rti's. Wow was he ever right! At first I bought a Csi5 to use with my M70's, and the difference was astounding! Soon I upgraded the entire living room, and eventually the family room to Rti's as well. We had Sony SS-B3000's - nice 3-way bookshelves in there, along with OWM3's, but replaced the Sony's with Rti6's when they went on clearance. Later I picked up a pair of open box RtiA3's (which are essentially the same as the Rti6's) to replace them. They are paired with Rti4 surrounds and a Csi3 center. The A3's are run full range, which works well for TV and casual music. Only the Csi3 and Rti4 surrounds are crossed over to an small Klipsch sub. Overall I'm really happy with the arrangement in there. Of course, our main setup in the living room delivers a lot more sound (bigger sound?) but we don't always want to fire it up.

Glad you like your Rti's! Awesome speakers. I'm still uncertain whether the Lsi's are really worth what they cost, but the step up from Monitors to Rti's is certainly worthwhile.
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Practically everyone here who is now running Rti's had Monitors at one point, then upgraded and were wowed by the difference in clarity. The M40's are nice little speakers (I used a pair in the bedroom for a couple years)... tried some Rti's in there too, but jumped on a pair of Lsi's from eBay, which we have in there now.

I owned just about every recent model of Polk Monitor before asking here in this thread if the maybe Tsi's would be any better, and I remember it was Ron Temple - one of the early members of this forum, who said don't bother, just go up to the Rti's. Wow was he ever right! At first I bought a Csi5 to use with my M70's, and the difference was astounding! Soon I upgraded the entire living room, and eventually the family room to Rti's as well. We had Sony SS-B3000's - nice 3-way bookshelves in there, along with OWM3's, but replaced the Sony's with Rti6's when they went on clearance. Later I picked up a pair of open box RtiA3's (which are essentially the same as the Rti6's) to replace them. They are paired with Rti4 surrounds and a Csi3 center. The A3's are run full range, which works well for TV and casual music. Only the Csi3 and Rti4 surrounds are crossed over to an small Klipsch sub. Overall I'm really happy with the arrangement in there. Of course, our main setup in the living room delivers a lot more sound (bigger sound?) but we don't always want to fire it up.

Glad you like your Rti's! Awesome speakers. I'm still uncertain whether the Lsi's are really worth what they cost, but the step up from Monitors to Rti's is certainly worthwhile.
The step up runs against the law of diminishing returns. Each step up with usually be smaller than the last step despite costing much more. It's about what you are willing to pay for the last few % of performance. The Monitor to RTi A step is huge.

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Room is 14' x 12' (8' is the niche where the screen is). Speakers are 7' apart and MLP is at 8' from speakers and 9' from screen. Screen is 92" diagonal (16:9 Carada Criterion)
I think your room will work as a nice template
Got the new tweeter in( not fun to get at, less fun to put the rubber seal back on) and it's sounding better. Thanks for your help.
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